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Emissions Compliance—Obstacles and Opportunity

The 2015 SEMA Show has come and gone, and we’re pleased to report that thousands of companies once again took advantage of this annual gathering to set themselves up for a productive 2016.

Among the many seminars and presentations at the Show, one of the most significant sessions took place Thursday, when the SEMA Garage hosted a seminar focusing on emissions compliance. This is a topic of vital importance for hundreds of SEMA-member manufacturers, and it also affects distributors, retailers and installers.

The situation is in some respects straightforward: It is illegal to manufacture, sell, offer for sale or install a part that is emissions-related if that part is not certified as emissions-compliant. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) and the federal Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) require certification of compliance for emissions-related parts­—what is required in California is required in the 49 other states.